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and former respect can senator but today chuck hagel found himself and his judgment under attack by a fellow republican and vietnam vet. >> were you correct or incorrect when you said that the surge would be the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since vietnam. were you correct or incorrect. >> i'm not going to give you a yes or no answer. >> let it show you refused to answer the equipment he did answer standing bit word on the iraq war in revealing something about the kind of defense secretary he hopes to be. >> i saw the consequences and suffering and the horror of war so i did question a surge. is this going to be worth the sacrifice. we lost almost 1200 dead americans during that surge. now was it required? was it necessary? >>reporter: hagel the first defense secretary to w.h.o. saw some about the as enlisted soldier. poor kid from nebraskaed he and his brother tom volunteered to serve in vietnam. brother served in the same infantry unit in 1968. both getting wounded. each credit the other with saving their lives. >> i don't see the limb of every world event a
francisco, allen wong abc 7 news. >> turn to washington now. chuck hagel has necessary votes to be the next secretary of defense. vote ending the bitter fight over the president cabinet choice is expected some time next week. and if you have been with us last night you may have seep my reports from washington where i had the chance to speak with president obama. during my bay area exclusive one-on-one interview. well tonight for the first time in week the president is now reaching out to the republican about the automatic spending cut that will kick in next week. he plays -- placed phone calls to boehner and mckonl. we don't have details on the conversations but the president made it clear to me yesterday that the looming cuts will derail the plans for moving the economy forward. >> now in the state of the union mr. president you praised our troops. and said that they had exceeded expectations. while some of our institutions had let them down. which institutions congress one of this i think all of us take responsibility for thinking about the same patriotism, dut duty, selfless ness,
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